Information about Council elections and by-elections.

The next local body elections will be held on 8 October 2022

If you're enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll, you'll be able to vote for a Mayor, councillors and community board members to represent you. The election will be held by postal vote.

Keep an eye on this page for more information. In the meantime, you can enrol or check and update your details on the parliamentary electoral roll at vote.nz(external link)

Early June 2022 Candidate information booklet and nomination forms available.
Friday 15 July 2022 Nominations open. Electoral roll opens.
Friday 12 August Nominations close at noon. Electoral roll closes.
Friday 16 September Voting and special voting begins.
Saturday 8 October Election day. Voting closes at noon, and the progress results will be available that afternoon.
From Thursday 13 October Final results are declared.

Thinking of standing for Mayor, Councillor or Community Board?

Ōtautahi Christchurch’s elected members are our decision-makers. Their calls, big and small, can change the course of our city for generations to come. All have different points of view and diverse backgrounds. But they all share one thing in common: they made the decision to represent their community by choosing to stand as a candidate.

Our next local elections are on 8 October 2022, but it’s never too early to start thinking about.

  • Do you care about your community?
  • Is there something you want to change or protect?
  • Are you ready to make challenging decisions?

The diverse communities all across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula need representatives who truly reflect them and their interests. If you're interested in standing please keep an eye on this page to find out what you need to know.